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Lincoln Home National Historic Site, National Park Service

Lincoln Home National Historic Site, National Park Service

Locket of furled hair under glass on human hair chain. Hair jewelry was fashionable in the mid-1800s. The hair may have been from a deceased relative, or given by a friend or lover as a memento. Ladies often wove the hair as a hobby or purchased the jewelry from a professional hair weaver. Although none of the hair or jewelry is associated with the Lincolns, the styles would have been familiar to Mary Lincoln.

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